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African primary care research : performing a programme evaluation

Dudley, Lilian (2014-06)

CITATION: Dudley, L. 2014. African primary care research: Performing a programme evaluation. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 6(1): 1-6, doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.634.

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This article is part of a series on Primary Care Research in the African context and focuses on programme evaluation. Different types of programme evaluation are outlined: developmental, process, outcome and impact. Eight steps to follow in designing your programme evaluation are then described in some detail: engage stakeholders; establish what is known; describe the programme; define the evaluation and select a study design; define the indicators; plan and manage data collection and analysis; make judgements and recommendations; and disseminate the findings. Other articles in the series cover related topics such as writing your research proposal, performing a literature review, conducting surveys with questionnaires, qualitative interviewing and approaches to quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

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